Mary K. Weatherford

Mary K. WeatherfordArtist’s Statement

Taking cue from regional SoCal painting, craft, and cliche, my current work is a meditation on methods of representing the sublime, both high and low, both avant­-garde and kitsch.

Historically, the themes of my work have been the big ones: mortality and morality. The visual signs are light/shadow, obscured/evident, above/below, inside/outside. Sub-themes are painting, abstraction, representation, paint.

Recent images are a thicket of weeds, a cliff and outcropping of rocks, a cave, and a tangle of vines. Since I began exhibiting in 1989, I have used very simple imagery.

In 2003, after fifteen years of abstraction, I started drawing from life. Now I make many drawing on site. I use all of these drawings in the studio as source material for a painting of a single image. All essential subjects, all pursued in series.

Using the drawings as referent, I have been able to create paintings of formal and spatial power that break apart into kaleidoscopic pieces of color. Each painting is an attempt to give image to the seen and unseen in a metaphoric and literal sense.



Select Solo Exhibitions

Sister, Los Angeles, CA

Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, IL

Debs & Co., New York, NY

Select Group Exhibitions

California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

The Trace of a Trace of a Trace, Perry Rubenstein Gallery, New York, NY

8 Artists, Acuna Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Cats, Acme, Los Angeles, CA

The Stray Show, boom, Chicago, IL
Professional Expertise

Lecturer, University of California, Los Angeles

1986 – 1989
Gallery Director, Diane Brown Gallery


M.F.A., 2006
Milton Avery School of the Arts

B.A., 1984
Princeton University